Approximately one in 10,000 newborns are born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a life threatening condition that results in muscle wasting, severely impaired mobility, and sometimes a shortened life span in severe cases. Currently, SMA is incurable but there are ways to manage the condition and bring comfort to patients.
1. Help with mobility
Physiotherapy and exercise play an important role in the management of SMA. The controlled movements help maintain circulation, improve flexibility and prevent stiffness of the joints. Walking frames or electric wheelchairs may be required depending on how severe the patient’s SMA is.